West Coast Railways ‘The Jacobite’ steaming back to life

The launch of our stunning Glenfinnan camera coincides with the return of ‘the greatest railway journey in the world’, The Jacobite.

West Coast Railways Jacobite steam hauled service between Fort William and Mallaig, along the world famous West Highland Line, returns on Monday 26th April with two 84 mile round trip workings per day, 7 days a week, crossing some of the most remarkable scenery Scotland has to offer.

The Jacobite has a global following, in no large part to the feature of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct and the ‘Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter series of films. Our Glenfinnan camera brings you never before seen LIVE coverage as the The Jacobite snakes its way across the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite Monument.

When and where can I see the Jacobite?

Our camera broadcasts 24/7 and our YouTube stream offers a 12 hour rewind facility, so if you have missed any of the action during the day, you can simply rewind and enjoy the sights and sound of steam all over again.

Railcam Glenfinnan, Lochaber UK ©Railcam UK Ltd

Times at camera are as follows,

Morning Service:

(Sunday-Friday) 10:50 Fort William to Mallaig, 15:21 Mallaig to Fort William*

(Saturday) 10:50 Fort William to Mallaig, 15:21 Mallaig to Fort William*

Afternoon Service:

(Sunday-Friday) 13:20 Fort William to Mallaig, 18:11 Mallaig to Fort William**

(Saturday) 15:12 Fort William to Mallaig, 19:50 Mallaig to Fort William**

* From Monday 26th April to Friday 29th October

** From Monday 26th April to Friday 1st October

Not in the UK, use The Time Zone Converter.

If you would like to embed our YouTube stream on your website, then please contact us at admin@railcam.uk (email marked ‘Glenfinnan Camera embedding’) and we will provide you with a short accompanying text strap to include. We would love to know where our camera is being seen!

Remember, if you share it, include the hashtag #SawItOnRailcam and tag us on your social media posts.


If you would like a copy of the Glenfinnan camera press release, please contact jamie@railcam.uk marking your email ‘Glenfinnan Press Release’

Railcam at Glenfinnan Viaduct

Railcam UK Ltd are proud to be partnering Locheilnet to bring live views of the world famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, as never seen before.

Railcam has over 10 years experience in bringing live lineside footage to rail enthusiasts around the world, with locations such as Crewe, Doncaster and Derby, which are rich in railway history, to more scenic locations including Ribblehead Viaduct, Ryde Esplanade & Pier (Isle of Wight), Teignmouth Estuary and York’s historic railway station.

Recently we’ve seen a huge upturn in the use of our cameras, allowing rail enthusiasts to maintain their interest in the hobby during the Covid pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns across the UK, but our cameras have reached beyond the enthusiasts circle, with a number of other uses including keeping children entertained during lockdown, to featuring in early years classes allowing children to recognise different colours of trains, and counting the coaches!

On the back of a recent feature by the popular railway YouTuber Geoff Marshall (of All The Stations fame) featuring our popular Ryde Esplanade & Pier camera, Ali Hodnett, Network Operations Manager with Locheilnet, contacted us regarding the potential of hosting a camera overlooking Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Locheilnet has been providing Broadband to households and businesses in rural Lochaber, Scotland for almost 10 years and today have some 500 customers enjoying Superfast connections. Locheilnet has a robust and well established community business whose local Directors give their time voluntarily to ensure that their customers continue to get great service.

 Chris Pellow, Locheilnet Manager added:

“Locheilnet, a local community broadband provider, is delighted to help Railcam bring footage of a very popular and loved location to the wider world.Apart from serving the nearly 500 customers in the rural areas of Lochaber, Locheilnet gladly contributes to the success of many local events such as the Six Day Trials, Glenfinnan games, Nevis Radio and of course the worldwide attraction of the osprey nest camera on Loch Arkaig. We hope that rail enthusiasts and fans of Glenfinnan all over the word, will enjoy the views through this fantastic initiative.”

 Find out more about the work of Locheilnet by clicking here

Perhaps one of the most famous locations in Scotland, made all the more so after featuring in the Harry Potter series of films, Glenfinnan has alway been a bucket list location for rail enthusiasts and travellers from around the world. The legendary Gelnfinnan Viaduct was opened on 1st April 1901 and has served the northern section of the West Highland Line ever since.

The West Highland Line connects Glasgow with Fort William and Mallaig, and was a crucial artery for the local fishing industry and the Highlands economy in general, which suffered enormously after the Highland Clearances of the 1800s. The line is used by passenger trains operated by ScotRail between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig, usually Class 156 diesel multiple units. Additionally a number of charter services visit the West Highland Line throughout the year.

Friend of Railcam, Rail Historian and host of the popular TV series The Architecture The Railways Built, Tim Dunn said,

“I’ve spent a significant chunk of the last few months travelling to see fascinating railway buildings for ‘The Architecture The Railways Built’ on TV – but now this Railcam has been launched there’s almost no need to go and see Glenfinnan at all! At least I’m not going to get extremely wet, as I have done every other time I’ve been to see this incredibly historically important structure. It’ll be fun seeing Live Chat reactions from all over the world when the ‘Harry Potter’ trains steam over too…”

Harry Potter fans will be well aware of the Hogwarts Express, which crosses the viaduct in the popular films, but the real life service is known as The Jacobite, which is operated by the West Coast Railway Company with their fleet of LMS Stanier Class 5 locomotives, or ‘Black 5’s’. Two return trips per day operate during the season, between Fort William and Mallaig, a majestic sight that is enjoyed by thousands of travellers each year, and one that we are delighted to bring to many thousands more via our live camera stream. Another popular visitor to look out for will bee the luxury Royal Scotsman, operated by Belmond with specially liveried GB Railfreight Class 66 diesel locomotives. You never know, if you look really hard, you may spot a light blue Flying Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe……

Railcam Director Adrian Bradshaw added:

“At Railcam, we have a wish-list of iconic UK railway locations, which we would love to be able to bring to our members. We are delighted to be able to tick one of those off the list today! A few years ago, this wouldn’t have been possible, but teaming-up with Locheilnet has enabled us to broadcast from this remotest of locations – in glorious ultra-HD! We feel sure that the spectacular views will find new audiences around the world, not just from rail enthusiasts, but from anyone with an interest in the fabulous Scottish Highland scenery. For our own subscribers though, the main attraction will be the famous Jacobite steam service which runs over the line every year. No doubt the legions of Harry Potter fans will instantly recognise Glenfinnan and will be able to watch steam services crossing the famous curved viaduct, just as the Hogwarts Express did in the movies. In short, Glenfinnan has something for everyone!

Glenfinnan Camera will be available to ad-free to Railcam Supporters, and free to view for all Railcam members via the Railcam website. There will also be a stream available via the Railcam YouTube page.

Launch date Sunday 25th April, 10am UK time


About Railcam

Railcam UK Ltd operate a network of railway themed live streaming cameras, based in the United Kingdom. Since 2009 we have grown from a small enthusiast group with a single camera in Preston, to a globally accessed rail enthusiast hub with in excess of 100 cameras both owned and maintained by Railcam, and guest cameras from around the world. The Railcam portfolio has expanded to include access to train schedules and live signalling diagrams to accompany the viewing experience. Despite the growth, Railcam UK is still run by a dedicated group of rail enthusiasts and relies on the sterling efforts of its team of volunteers.

An extremely popular social media community has grown over the years and now boasts 45k YouTube, 25k+ Facebook and 15k+ Twitter followers/subscribers, this to add to 40k+ Railcam members.

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Scarborough Spa Express Brings Steam Back To York

West Coast Railways first charter since the enforced closure due to Covid-19 is upon us, and brings steam back to our ever popular York ROC Cameras.

The Scarborough Spa Express is a firm favourite with our viewer as we get some fantastic views of steam at the historic York station, as well as the bonus of seeing the locomotive being turned on the turntable after her days work.

©Jamie Rowley

Thursday 30th July is the date for your diary as we see West Coast Railways return to the rails, passing a number of our cameras throughout the round trip from Carnforth-Scarborough-Carnforth, those all important camera pass times can be found below….

1Z24 Carnforth to Scarborough (Diesel hauled Carnforth to York)

06:14 – Bolton-Le-Sands Camera

06:35 – Preston Camera

08:20 – Todmorden Camera

11:18 – York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=16055595

1Z27 Scarborough to Carnforth (Diesel hauled York to Carnforth)

17:44 – York ROC Camera 1

20:55 – Todmorden Camera

22:13 – Preston Camera

23:01 – Bolton-Le-Sands Camera

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874636

©Jamie Rowleuy

Additional Locomotive Movements….

5Z22 York National Railway Museum to York Holgate Sidings

West Coast Railways Steam Pool Locomotive + Support Coach

10:13-10:16 York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874639

5Z23 York Holgate Sidings to York National Railway Museum

West Coast Railways Steam Pool Locomotive + Support Coach

18:39-20:15 – York ROC Camera 2 (Locomotive turned on turntable)

20:26 – York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874642

In addition, the diesel locomotives will be stored in York Parcels Sidings once the steam locomotive takes over, arriving 10:27 (0Z21)and departing 17:21 (0Z23) on York ROC Camera 1.